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Celebrating Leicestershire Police’s Black History for Black History Month

Celebrating Leicestershire Police’s Black History for Black History Month

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Soroptimist Viv Galloway Black History Month Profile “I made a decision early on in my career to be the best I could be. I could walk away after 37 years knowing I achieved that.” Vivienne (Viv) Galloway describes herself as a naturally shy and unassuming person but when placed in the scenario of needing to find answers at a crime scene it was a very different picture. Gone was the shyness and trepidation and out came an assertive woman who broke down barriers in all areas during her career which spanned four decades. Viv, who was born in Manchester, had originally planned to become a fashion designer despite women’s jobs being seen as most suited to nursing or shop work back in the early 1970s. After college Viv got her first job in a lab, and whilst she enjoyed it it soon became evident there

Empowering Girls in Nepal Project

Empowering Girls in Nepal Project

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Impact of COVID-19 Empowering Girls in Nepal "Empowering Girls in Nepal" is the Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland ( SIGBI )'s Federation project 2019/22 which is partnered with ChoraChori, a UK registered charity. This is a three-year collaboration between ChoraChori and Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland. The project supports rape survivors, trafficked and vulnerable girls as they rebuild their lives, empowering them through education and training into gainful employment. For ChoraChori Nepal, 2020 has proven to be one of the most challenging years with the ongoing pandemic of coronavirus. To prevent and control the spread of virus, Nepal entered a total lockdown from March 24, 2020 to June 14, 2020. All training classes including production have been halted temporarily complying with the situation. However, daily activities have continued for all of the young girls (survivors) living inside the refuge home with
MOMENTOUS VICTORY AGAINST VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE

MOMENTOUS VICTORY AGAINST VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE

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SI UN Representative in Geneva, Berthe De Vos, brings us tremendous news from the International Labour Organisation (ILO). “Even in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, there are positive developments  … and this time on a problem that to this day has deprived employees of their dignity, equal opportunities, safety, health, and productivity in the workplace. After years of work and lobbying on the problem of physical and emotional violence on the work floor, the ILO was able to celebrate its’ 100th anniversary on June 2019, as well as the adaptation of the Convention 190. A convention that aims to grant “the right for everybody to work free from violence and harassment on the work floor”. The Convention also provides a strong common framework for action and an opportunity to shape a brighter future in work, one that is based on respect and dignity. This

United Nations ‘ActNow’ Campaign

United Nations ‘ActNow’ Campaign

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Global call to climate action ActNow is the United Nations global call to individual action on climate change. This year, the campaign is focusing on two mini campaigns around food and fashion. ActNow is inviting people around the world to share their contribution to sustainable food consumption. The campaign aims to inspire more people to enjoy sustainable, climate conscious and delicious food.  The challenge: cooking dishes that are delicious but also good for the planet and us – reducing meat consumption and using more diverse vegetarian ingredients instead. The textile industry produces 20% of global water waste and 85% of textiles end up in landfills or incinerated when most of these  materials  could be reused.  The challenge: upcycle your old clothes for new looks and share your creations on social media using #ActNow.  Visit the UN information site here    

Whomademyclothes?

Whomademyclothes?

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How to be a Fashion Revolutionary Are you a fashion lover? Do you want the clothes we wear to be made in safe, happy, clean and beautiful way? If so, support Whomademyclothes? campaign and help make the fashion industry  a force for good and change the way fashion is sourced, produced and purchased. Be a fashion revolutionary by using your voice to encourage fashion brands to be more accountable for their fashion supply chains.Lobby the policy makers to ensure the global supply chain is transparent and responsible in the fashion and textile industry in practice and not just in principle. On 5th July, 2020 The Sunday Times reported that allegations had been  made against  a garment manufacturing company in Leicester and a supplier to a major fashion brand.  The report stated that the company was  paying their workers  below the minimum wage and flouting social